ASU football wide receiver N’Keal Harry has elected to forgo his senior season and enter the 2019 NFL Draft.
“This definitely was not an easy decision,” Harry said. “I truly do love this university. This place has given me opportunities that I only dreamt of. And I’m forever thankful for that.”
It has not been decided if Harry will play in ASU’s upcoming bowl game. If the junior doesn’t play another down, he will finish third in program history in both receiving yards (2,889), trailing only Derek Hagan and John Jefferson, and receptions (213) behind Hagan and D.J. Foster.
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“It’s been my pleasure this year to really coach N’Keal,” ASU coach Herm Edwards said. “This young man has done a lot for this university as far as his ability to play football, but also how he’s represented this university and his community.”
The 6-foot-4, 213-pound star wideout finished his 2018 season with 73 receptions, 1,088 yards and 11 total touchdowns. He has been one of the nation’s top performers at the position over three seasons and his NFL talent is undeniable.
“This has been a great ride,” Harry said about his time at ASU. “This has been a once in a lifetime opportunity. Something I’ll take with me the rest of my life.”
Redshirt senior quarterback Manny Wilkins joined Harry and Edwards at the podium for the official announcement.
“I’m so proud of you, so proud of the work that you put in,” said Wilkins to Harry with tears in his eyes. “You changed my life.”
Harry will leave a lasting legacy on the Sun Devil Football program. His journey was special in itself being a local product from Chandler High School and choosing to stay near home.
“It was 100 percent worth it,” Harry said. “This state has given me so much. Being just a kid from a small island, ending up in Arizona, this state means the world to me.”
The announcement for Harry to go pro has been widely anticipated all season long, and it’s a no-brainer. Now, he is more than likely to be drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Many outlets have the top prospect getting picked early in Nashville in five months. CBS Sports has Harry going as high as No. 2 to the Arizona Cardinals.
Another recent mock draft projects him to go No. 21 to the Baltimore Ravens.
However it shakes up for Harry, there is no doubt he is ready to make an immediate impact on a team at the professional level.
All quotes in this article were obtained firsthand by Devils in Detail unless otherwise noted.